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Floyd Mayweather Next Fight: Manny Pacquiao And 5 Boxers Who Could Beat Him

By Brian Ethridge - Posted: 12/17/13 02:19PM EST
Manny Pacquiao.

Manny Pacquiao may get a fight against Floyd Mayweather eventually. (Photo: Reuters)

There is not a boxing fan in the world who isn't interested in finding out who Floyd Mayweather will face in his next fight.  And let's face it, there are a lot of people who watch the pound for pound king in the boxing ring just for a chance to see him lose because they do not like him.

With that said, we decide to compile a list of five fighters who could realistically hand Money May the first loss of his professional boxing career.

Manny Pacquiao

First and foremost, we have to list the Pacman. Pacquiao is Mayweather's ultimate nemesis and the one guy he has seemingly ducked throughout his professional career. Why you ask? Because Pacquiao's hands are just as fast as Mayweather's and he packs a knockout punch.

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Paulie Malignaggi

This may be a bit of a stretch, but let's face it: one of the reasons Mayweather has been so dominant even past his physical prime is because of his ring smarts. Paulie Malignaggi is every bit as smart in the ring as Money May. Mayweather would enter the ring as a heavy favorite and rightfully so. But Mayweather would have to rely on what's left of his physical ability because he would not outsmart Malignaggi.

Miguel Cotto

These two fighters have met before and Money May won a unanimous decision. However, is was arguably the toughest fight of his professional boxing career. Since the loss, Cotto has hooked up with trainer Freddie Roach who has rejuvenated Cotto and turned him into an aggressive and very offensive fighter. Now that Cotto has revamped his offensive skills, he may have what it takes to pull off the upset.

Timothy Bradley

Early on in his career, Bradley was seen as an overachiever with no power and mediocre boxing ability. But now he has earned a reputation as one of the toughest and game fighters in the sport today. Nobody outworks him and he refuses to give up. If he fought a smart fight and forced Mayweather to press the action, Bradley has what it takes to defeat him.

Gennady Golovkin

Golovkin is the one fighter that most everybody believes could beat Mayweather and that's likely the reason it will never happen. He's currently the middleweight champion of the world with an undefeated record of 28-0 with 25 knockouts. In addition to his professional record, he had a ton of success as an amateur, finishing his career with a record of 345-5.

Golovkin is a smart fighter, a great boxer and a wonderful puncher. However, it's highly unlikely that we'll ever see Mayweather face him. Money May will likely always claim that Golovkin is too big for him, although GGG did say he could make 154lbs.

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